School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

Dr. habil. Christopher I. McDermott

Areas of expertise

  • Hydrogeology
  • Engineering Geology
  • Geoinformatics (RockFlow/GeoSys)
  • Simulation of coupled processes (THMC) including reactive transport


  • Water resources management (Hydrogeology)
  • Geothermal energy (Hot Dry Rock)
  • Radioactive waste disposal
  • CO2 sequestration
  • Geo-reservoir managment
  • Membrane technology


Dr. habil. C.I. McDermott studied Geology (BSc., 1988) and Engineering Geology (MSc., 1989) at the University of Durham. He worked as a consultant in Geotechnics until 1994 whereupon he moved to Germany and continuing his education at the University of Tuebingen, completing a year long advanced studies course (academically between MSc and PhD, 1996) principally in hydrogeology. He then completed a PhD in Applied Geoscience in the field of flow and transport in fractured porous rock (1999) and was employed in research and teaching at the University of Tuebingen. He gained his habilitation (PD.) in 2006 in Applied Geoscience and Hydroinformatics. In August 2007 he moved to the University of Edinburgh to take up the position of senior lecturer in reactive transport.

Research interests

His main focus in reasearch is the numerical and experimental investigation of coupled processes relevant to geoscientific applications. It is important to Dr. McDermott that the areas he works in have a real relevance to actual geo-engineering problems. A significant part of his research time is spent in the further development of the object oriented code GeoSys/RockFlow for the simulation of coupled processes. This code is open source and available for research purposes. His work has been applied in the following areas

  • Flow, heat and mass transport in the subsurface.
  • Reactive flow in the subsurface.
  • Reservoir simulation.
  • Coupled processes in Geo-reservoirs.
  • Two phase flow.
  • Further development of GeoSys/RockFlow.
  • Introduction of Geoscience knowledge into planning and development.

Lectures offered to date

  • Hydrogeology
  • Earth Surface Processes (Engineering Geology / Hydrogeology)
  • Mathematical Methods for geoscience students.
  • Engineering Geology.
  • Environmental and Geotechnical Impact of Groundwater Abstraction.
  • Hydrochemical Modelling.
  • Finite Element Modelling.
  • Excursion to Mont Terri and Grimsel Field Laboratories.

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